Zaandam, the Netherlands – On January 16, 2014, Ahold announced that Ahold Europe would no longer exist as a separate business division.
This step was taken to allow management to focus on the Albert Heijn business to enhance its customer proposition. The company also announced, that it would continue to look for ways to streamline the organization’s head office functions as part of its Simplicity program.
After a detailed review, a number of head office support roles will be made more efficient, and the commercial activities at Albert Heijn will be streamlined. This will result in approximately 130 people who will need to leave the company in the Netherlands. This is part of a total of 210 roles that will cease to exist, a number that includes vacancies, temporary contracts, and natural attrition.
A severance agreement has been reached with the Ahold Netherlands Central Works Council and the “VAHP” (Vereniging Ahold Hoger Personeel). The company is informing associates in Zaandam today, and the unions will also be notified of the planned changes.
Currently, Ahold employs approximately 222,000 people globally, of which 94,000 are based in the Netherlands, with 1,500 associates working at its Zaandam head office.
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